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Robin Harper

Chair: Robin Harper

A former teacher, Robin is best known as the UK’s first ever elected Green parliamentarian, after he won a seat in the inaugural Scottish Parliament in 1999. In 2003, he oversaw an increase in the number of Green MSPs from 1 to 6. He continued to serve at Holyrood until stepping down in 2011. He has also served as Rector of both Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities. Since stepping down as an MSP, Robin has continued to be active in public life, as chairman of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. He lives in Edinburgh.


The looming catastrophe of rapid climate change now demands that we retain the lessons we have learned from the pandemic – that to survive is to cooperate.

The only way forward for all of us is to maximise the sharing of knowledge and research, to strive to cooperate in the strategies that will limit the earth’s warming and resolve to establish a new model of approaching plans for our economy.

The hope for us all lies in global action. But the sum of our global success in combating climate change is made up by the actions we take at home, in our communities, and in our own nations. We all have a part to play.

This Commission has been set up to examine how Scotland can work with the rest of the United Kingdom to do our part – and add to the sum of global action that will determine our future survival.

We intend to examine four key areas: 

Power: how can the Scottish and UK Govts work together to accelerate the transition from a fossil fuel based economy to one powered by renewable sources? 

Transport: what shared plan should we agree to electrify our networks, and reduce the need for air travel? 

Land: how can we work together to protect and nourish Scotland’s land, both rural and urban? 

People: what should our governments be doing together to drive cultural change across Scottish society?  

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